1 Lord, I cry out to You;
Make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Let’s begin with verse 4. Throughout this life we still possess bodies of flesh which respond to fleshly desires. The enemies of our soul often take legitimate desires of our flesh and weaving sin into them seek to lead us astray. Eating is a legitimate desire. Gluttony takes it too far. Sleeping is a legitimate desire. Laziness takes it too far. Sex is a legitimate desire. Any sexual activity outside of a marriage of a man and a woman takes it too far. However, the delicacies of the wicked sure do look good, sound good, taste good and feel good. So the Psalmist, knowing the ability of his flesh to evil things, asks God to keep him from eating the delicacies of illegitimate desires.
Backing up to verse 1, he again cries out to the Lord as the only One who is able to give the help needed. God alone gives an ear to our voices in times of need. When we pray to God he even keeps our prayers! In Revelation we read that our prayers are the incense before God’s throne. He hears them, He sees them, He smells them; in essence, God ponders our prayers and acts upon them. We cannot begin to understand the importance of our prayers to God. Our prayers matter to Him.
In prayer, the Psalmist asks God to put a guard, a military watch, over his mouth and lips. So often our sin begins in what we say and we need to ask God to keep our words pure. Who else can effectively keep us from saying the wrong things? God alone is able and going to Him for this help is the best place to go. Take your needs and concerns to Him. He then will keep you from the snares, the traps of the wicked. Traps are things you do not see until you step in them and it is too late. Seek the Lord today as the One to keep you from the sinful traps of the enemies of your soul.
We were so blessed yesterday by our time together at church. In our adult Sunday school hour we have been studying faith and its actions. As we are walking through Hebrews 11 some wonderful insights to faith have come up. Thanks to all who are walking through this study with us. Then the morning service was an especial blessing to us as we looked at the ways the Holy Spirit manifests Himself to us, His church. Looking at spiritual gifts as Holy Spirit manifestations has been a wonderful way to see His work amongst us. We played a recording of a beating heart and asked what it would be like if the church could beat together as one heartbeat before God. It was an amazing moment of realization and hope for our church.
Bonnie Roberts, our dear friend here in Naperville, fell and broke her hip on Saturday. They did surgery on her yesterday. Pray with us for an especially quick and minimally painful recovery. God is able to heal and we are calling upon Him to heal our friend much quicker than it would normally take.
Have a great day in the Lord,